What is Character? insidewink-co-founders-Jean-Trebek-Alison-Martin

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Co-founders, Jean Trebek & Alison Martin, sharing thoughts on the world around us and what’s coming up this month on insidewink!

Dear friends,

Here we are in the middle of summer.

As the days get long and the temperatures rise, we’d usually be getting ready for beach gatherings, vacations, barbecues, and fireworks. This year is different and with every landmark date or season, this different world in which we find ourselves is truly reflected back to us.

What we have found interesting is that we choose our “monthly themes” way in advance and yet looking at the idea of “character” seems very appropriate right now. Who we are, how we move in the world, how we relate to others is really being called into play.

What is Character?

Abraham Lincoln said: Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.

As we look at the large events taking place around the world and those in our smaller communities, we see the blossoming of change as we get to the “real thing”. Like no other time in recent history, we actually have the space to reflect upon our own sense of character.

Our deepest desire is that our articles inspire you – allowing your proudest, truest self to emerge.

Here’s what’s coming up…

This month we have two new writers that we hope will become regular contributors; corporate consultant and storyteller – Cheryl Farrell – and home and lifestyle design expert – Marjorie Rothstein.

We will also feature Lisa Rogers’ very popular series that chronicles her journey to living plastic-free.

Our everyday hero this month features Max LaZebnik, in the front lines at Trader Joe’s.

Coming in mid July, we highlight the wonderful photographer, Carl Studna, as our artist this month.

Aid Still Required is our charity this month!

And, of course, more of Jean’s reliable recipes and our writers’ personal stories, too.

We’ll talk again soon!

Much love,
Jean & Alison

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Jean is a Professional Religious Science Practitioner, Reiki Master and Sound Healer. She grew up on Long Island, NY, and now lives in Los Angeles. She has two wonderful adult children, Matthew and Emily, with her beloved late husband, Alex.  Jean enjoys taking long walks, watching movies, and traveling. She is very grateful for her family, friends, Luna (the dog) and good coffee.


Alison Martin -- wife, mom, Emmy-award winning actress, writer, chocoholic. Bronx Italian, daughter of Pultizer Prize winning reporters, who also identifies as L.A. Irish. Shout outs: Dan, Em, Brady, pooches - LuLu & Ted, friends, Mother Earth, serendipity, peace, VIPHS, living life like your socks feel real good.

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